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Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart Hardcover – November 27, 2007

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Editorial Reviews


"Vintage Buchanan: provocative, intelligent."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Buchanan can write, and he knows how to provoke. He presents [his foreign policy prescriptions]  forcefully and often persuasively. They deserve a wider hearing in American politics than they are currently given."
--The New York Times
"Those who have dismissed Buchanan in the past as a gadfly might consider what he says in his book. The future of what's left of the country could very well rest on it."
--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Pat Buchanan's new book, "Day of Reckoning," is a tour de force ... a powerful case that free trade, multiculturalism and imperial overreach threaten to put America on the dustheap of history."
--Creators Syndicate
"Pat Buchanan's penetratingly astute Day of Reckoning ... is a strident wakeup call for America.... Buchanan ... will remain a strident American voice to be listened to and reckoned with for some time to come."
--Family Security Matters

Book Description

In his latest New York Times bestseller, Pat Buchanan deals with the greatest crisis facing the nation today: Whether the America we knew and loved will survive many more decades. Buchanan lays out how the United States is being secretly merged with Mexico and embedded in a Global Economy by that threatens the permanent loss of American independence and sovereignty.
     While free enterprise is good, the worship of “free trade” is de-industrializing America, killing the middle class, and imperiling U.S. economic independence. While America must stand for freedom, liberty and self-determination, the use of U.S. troops to police the planet or serve as advance guard is imperial folly that will bring down the republic. While America should speak out for human rights, the idea that we get in Russia’s face and hand out moral report cards to every nation on earth is moral arrogance.  While we have benefited from immigration, the idea we can import limitless numbers of aliens and remain anything like a real country is absurd.  To save America the first imperative is to remove from power the ideologues of both parties who have near killed the country.
     Buchanan sees America in an existential crisis.  In his final chapter, he lays out ideas to stop the suicide of America.  He includes a bottom-up review of all America’s foreign commitments and entanglements, a plan to secure America’s borders, ideas for halting the erosion of our sovereignty and for restoring our manufacturing preeminence and economic independence.  Buchanan offers a radical program, but a necessary one, for neither party is addressing the real crisis of the nation -- whether we survive much longer as one people, or disappear from history.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312376960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312376963
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pat Buchanan's latest book ("Day of Reckoning") cuts through the irrelevancy of today's politics and political correctness and clearly identifies the major threats to continuing our standard of living and world leadership. Mincing no words, he states that "America is coming apart . . . we are on a path to national suicide." Going on, he points out that we are being taken over by the greatest invasion in history (from Mexico) that is adding to the existing fragmentation of our culture and unity. European-Americans comprised 89% of the U.S. when JFK became President - now it is down to 66% and sinking further.

Buchanan sees our invasion from Mexico as a bigger threat than anything happening in Afghanistan and Iraq! Between 10 and 20 percent of all Mexicans, Central Americans and Caribbean people have already moved into the United States, about one in twelve here illegally has a criminal record (95% of the 1,200-1,500 warrants for homicide in L.A. target illegal aliens, and diseases once stamped out America such as drug-resistant TB, syphilis, and leprosy are surfacing in city after city.

Meanwhile, we act as though Social Security and Medicare are on sound footing, convince each other that free trade and the loss of millions of jobs through outsourcing to Asia is good, and ignore the hollowing out of American manufacturing that won WWII. As corporate CEOs rake in millions in pay and stock options, workers' pay stagnates and declines, and worker pensions and health care benefits also deteriorate. At the same time, the dollar sinks to new lows and may be abandoned by OPEC and Asian nations (creating financial chaos and high inflation in the U.S.
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First, I suggest that readers read chapter 8-"Day Of Reckoning" first than the book in its entirety. Mr. Buchanan knows his history well & is eloquent throughout. He ignores political correctness to deliver a truth many want to ignore. He states "America is coming apart... we are on a path to national suicide."

The intro is a superb synopsis of modern history. I hope Strobe Talbott's dire prediction on pages 3-6 & Niall Ferguson's on page 16 do not come true? The Walter Cronkite's of the world be damned! The world does not need a "one world government!" I ask all the readers of this book to ask their older relatives about the validity of the author's statements on page 7? I think the answer is yes?

Ch-1 "The End Of The Pax Americana," pages 24-5 are the most poignant.
Ch-2 "The End Of A Unipolar World," the title is self explanitory with pages 34-9 & 45-6 detailing the growth of our government's hubris, as in the neo-cons imperialistictic tendencies.
Ch-3 "The Gospel Of George Bush," He gives plenty of historical examples of flawed ideologies from many societies. Including covering the mistakes from Presidents Jefferson to Wilson to Bush. The most informative were pages 69-FDR's blunders, 76-8 just how opposite the west & Islam are. On page 103, was John Adam's right?
Ch-4 "Imperial Overstretch," Mr. Lippmann was correct about our nations foreign policy often being bankrupt. Which means our liabilities outweigh our assets, pages 116-20 show huge waste of these liabilities.
Ch-5 "Who Shall Inherit The Earth?" The crucial question is, if the USA's best days are behind us? Who will become the most influential twentyfirst century society? Was Oswald Spengler right that the west has declined for good?
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This is Pat Buchanan's best attempt yet to articulate how America is headed for the edge of the abyss and must turn aside if it wants to survive.

He casts America's problems into a clearer light by using the lessons of history as background and perspective. (The quote from Euripides, I used as a title is found on page 238).

He explains the Utopian visions of idealoges from Milton to Wilson as the basis for much of the Bush administrations flawed foreign policy. In fact he spends almost half the book in a detailed analysis of the Bush Doctrine and his critique of why they are both unobtainable and not in America's best interest to even pursue.

This, sadly, will alienate a large part of his natural audience - those of conservative views - who are steadfast Bush supporters.

That is truly unfortunate, because the problems he describes in the other parts of the book are far more important then the eight year tenure of one particular president.

He presents a lot of unpalatable truths - for example, in a very real and literal sense, Europe is dying. The birthrate has fallen well below replacement levels and the French and Germans and Italians will one day be gone. Vanished into the footnotes of history.

To those of a globalist perspective, this does not matter. We are all citizens of the world - nationalities are irrelevant.

But it really does matter. A homogenized world, with everyone the same, doing the same things, eating the same food, wearing the same clothes would be devoid of savor. A song with only one note. A menu with only one item - Spam.
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